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penny dreadful

noun, plural penny dreadfuls. Chiefly British
1.
a cheap, sensational novel of adventure, crime, or violence; dime novel.
Origin of penny dreadful
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • They can read the penny dreadful, but they cannot darn their stockings or mend their clothes.

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